Krzysztof Michalski Fellowship

Distinguished Guests

In memory and honor of its founding rector, Krzysztof Michalski, the IWM established a fellowship program which invites one senior fellow each year to be in residence to persue their own research.

The Krzysztof Michalski Visiting Fellowship is awarded by invitation only to an outstanding scholar working in the fields of continental philosophy or religion, which were Krzysztof Michalski’s own areas of interest and research.


Kasper Nowak
Fellowship Program Coordinator

Krzysztof Michalski (1948–2013) founded the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in 1982, and was Rector until his death in 2013.

Michalski graduated in 1974 with a dissertation on Heidegger and taught philosophy at the University of Warsaw. He was a Humboldt Fellow in Germany in 1977-1978. From 1981-1982 he co-chaired (with Hans-Georg Gadamer and Gottfried Boehm) post-graduate courses at the Interuniversity Centre in Dubrovnik and was a Thyssen Fellow at the University of Heidelberg. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Churchill College at Cambridge University (1982-83) and a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna (1984-85).

He was habilitated in Philosophy at the University of Warsaw in 1986 with a habilitation on phenomenology. In the same year he was appointed Visiting Professor and in 1990 Professor of Philosophy at Boston University.

Among his numerous awards and honours, he received the 39th Theodor-Heuss-Prize and was decorated with the Officer´s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland as well as with the Officer’s Cross of L’Ordre National du Mérite of the Republic of France.


  • Rethinking Psychoanalytic Anthropology and Theory of Culture , -
  • From Plato to the Last Trump: Explaining the Terrible News , -
  • What Is It That Holds Europe Together? , -
  • Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Disruption in the Primorya Region of Far Eastern Russia 1917–1922 , -
  • Ethical Limits of Contemporary Fiction: Narrating Genocide and Femicide at the Beginning of 21st Century , -
  • Stability in Crisis: Debt, Finance, and the Re-Regulation of the EMU (2008–2014) , -
  • Particularity and Universality as Moral Orientations: Isma‘ili Islamic Ethics in Northern Pakistan , -
  • Justice as it has to be , -
  • The Sociology of Morals , -